BTN analyst says Nebraska 'overrated' heading into 2019 season
Some people think Nebraska will its win total from last year double. Others take it one step further, saying the Huskers will win the B1G West. A select few even think Scott Frost will get the team to the College Football Playoff at the end of the year.
To say there are big expectations in Lincoln this season is a major understatement. Considering the amount of talent returning, though, it’s hard to argue that the Huskers won’t see at least some improvement from a year ago.
One individual who isn’t quite as high on Nebraska as most is Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo. The former head coach and now college football analyst isn’t buying into the hype just yet.
“I just think Nebraska is overrated,” DiNardo said during The Bottom Line. “I wouldn’t make them the favorites this year. But I think it’s a great sign that the media picked them, because I think everybody that follows B1G football thinks it’s just a matter of time.”
DiNardo didn’t really take a shot at Nebraska, but is more eluding to the fact that expectations seem to be a little too high for Frost’s second season. And it’s a fair argument, considering there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the program — particularly on defense.
In a few years, though, is when DiNardo sees the Huskers becoming a national player. He wants to see Frost’s squad after a few seasons on the recruiting trail.
“I don’t think Nebraska has ever had the best talent in the country, but they’ve had very good talent,” DiNardo said. “Top 20 talent, maybe not top 10 talent. So let Scott Frost get top 20 talent and then let’s look at the Nebraska team.”
Nebraska just missed the top 25 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, receiving 152 votes — one of which was NOT from Frost, by the way.
The Huskers will be the No. 26 team in the country heading into the Week 1 matchup against South Alabama.